Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil for sunburn March 21 2014
As we slowly gear ourselves to step out of winter weather, we are most likely dreaming of sunny days by the pool, beach, or lake. And with this warmer weather comes the inevitable sunburn. Lavender oil (lavandula angustifolia) has amazing antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it extremely beneficial for use on sunburns working wonders for easing pain and reducing the healing time of a mild to moderate sunburn. Diligent use of this oil can also assist in the reduction of sunspots and scarring to the affected area, as well as ease the annoying itch experienced when burned skin begins to heal.
How to use lavender oil to treat sunburns:
At first burn exposure, fill a bowl with very cold water. Add a few drops of lavender oil and soak the affected area for at least 10 minutes to cool and calm.
Create a burn compress by adding 10-15 drops of essential oil to a cup of cool water. Soak a soft washcloth in this mixture and apply to the affected area.
For use on smaller areas, such as the face, place a few drops on a cotton ball or Q-tip and apply gently to the affected area.
Mix 10-20 drops of lavender oil with one teaspoon aloe vera gel. Massage into skin and repeat as necessary to reduce pain and redness.
For larger burns, or those that are too painful to dab/touch directly, place 20-30 (or more) drops in a spray bottle of distilled water. Spray on affected areas many periodically throughout the day to reduce pain and ease inflammation. As an optional addition: add a few tablespoons of aloe juice to this mixture for added benefits.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.